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jon karl who's been all over this story from the jump. jon, we've got the boehner plan and the reid plan. everybody in washington knows neither of these things can pass, so what, if anything, is being done right now to craft some sort of compromise? >> reporter: well, there are, as you heard jim mention, quiet negotiations going on between harry reid and mitch mcconnell. trying to find middle ground. mitch mcconnell has been on the phone several times, a many told, with vice president biden over the last several days. they are trying to find one last-ditch effort to get what everybody knows needs to happen, dan, and that is something that has bipartisan support. i got to tell you, though, the atmosphere is so poisoned here, the question is, once they get that agreement, can they pass it? >> well, let me pick up on that because there's been so much tough talk, even some trash talk, i wonder if there is another wiggle room rhetorically for r e hard-liners on either side to back down. >> reporter: well, i think there -- maybe not the hard-liners, but i think there actually is wiggle ro
. no one's making anything happen. >> so, we asked jon karl of abc to break it down and tell us, why it is so hard to cut a deal. >> reporter: welcome to washington, a place where, right now, it seems, nothing can get done. >> every one of us is an accomplice in causing this great nation to decline. every single o o of us. >> reporter: congresestoday looked like a bad game show. >> this is the wheel of misfortune that we have to avoid getting into. >> reporter: the key number, 217. the votes needed to pass a debt deal in the house. republicans are now in charge, but they don't have 217 votes to not even the last ditch option offered by republican mitch mcconnell, that would allow the president to raise the debt ceiling, but to put republicans on record opposing it. tea party republicans are saying no way to mcconnell. there is no way you'll do that, even if mitch mcconnell says it's the only option? >> mitch mcconnell is not the only person with a brain here in washington, d.c. >> reporter: after more than a week of sniping, the two republican leaders in the house say they've made pe
at the bargaining table join thus week. white house budget director jack lew and republican senator jon kyl. and the "roundtable" debate the politics of the divide. plus -- >> i apologize. >> rupert murdoch under fire. heads s ll at his media empire, but will that be enough to save it? >>> and in africa, a cry for help. millions, threatened by an epic drought, the worst in 60 years. we'll take you there. then, we're live from germany where the american woman's soccer team has a shot at making history. >> announcer: live from the newseum in washington, "this week" with christiane amanpour starts right now. >>> welcome to the program. we've got lots to get to this morning. but, first, some headlines since your morning papers. there is breaking news to report in london. the bbc has learned that rebecca brooks, rupert murdoch's top lieutenant in the uk has been arrested on suspicion of corruption. earlier she resigned from her position as chief executive of news international. in the wake of the scandal rocking the murdoch empire. much more on this developing story later in the program. >>> cas
said absolutely no benefit cuts. >> that's right. he stressed that several times. jon karl, thanks very much. we return now to our regular program. diane sawyer will have a full wrap-up on "world news." thanks for joining us. have a good day. >>> thank you for starting with the workweek with us. catch diane tonight. bye-bye now. údúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúdúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúúú naturals from purina cat chow. delicious, real ing
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